Behind the Seams, an Interview with Catherine Zuber

Catherine Zuber is one of the most sought after costume designers working today. Based in NYC there are very few theatrical institutions in North America and around the world that Catherine hasn’t worked with and her award acknowledgements for the wide range of productions she has designed are officially record breaking.

Catherine and Jonathan delve into the fascinating process of how she builds a world around the production that feeds directly into the creation of the costume narrative. They also examine Catherine’s longstanding working relationship with Angels and in particular how the combined resources of the stock hire and manufacturing departments facilitate her practise.

Her current biog. includes productions as follows

Broadway: Moulin Rouge, Mrs. Doubtfire, My Fair Lady (Tony Award, Drama Desk Awards, Outer Critics Circle Award), War Paint (Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics Circle Award, Tony nomination), Oslo, Fiddler on the Roof, The King and I (Tony Award, Olivier Award, Outer Critics Circle Award), Gigi (Drama Desk Award), Golden Boy (Tony nomination), The Big Knife, Enemy of the People, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (Tony nomination), Born Yesterday, (Tony nomination), Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, The Royal Family (Tony Award), South Pacific (Tony Award), The Coast of Utopia (Tony Award), The Light in the Piazza (Tony Award), Edward Albee’s Seascape (Tony nomination), Awake and Sing! (Tony Award), Joe Turner’s Come and Gone (Outer Critics Circle nomination), Blood & Gifts, Oleanna, Cry-Baby, Mauritius, Doubt, Little Women, Dinner at Eight (Tony nomination, Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk nominations), Twelfth Night (Tony nomination, Drama Desk nomination), Ivanov, Triumph of Love (Drama Desk nomination), The Sound of Music, The Red Shoes among others. Opera: Rigoletto, Berlin State Opera; Le Grand Macabre, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg; Porgy & Bess, Otello, L’Elisir d’Amour, Le Compte d’Ory, Les Contes d’Hoffman, Doctor Atomic, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, The 125th Anniversary Gala (The Metropolitan Opera); Porgy & Bess, Two Boys, Carmen (ENO); Roméo et Juliette ( Metropolitan Opera, Salzburger Festspiele, La Scala); Des Ring des Nibelungen (Washington National Opera, San Francisco Opera); South Pacific (Sydney Opera House). Off-Broadway: BAM/Old Vic’s The Bridge Project 2009, 2010, 2011 (Richard III, The Cherry Orchard, The Winter’s Tale, As You Like It, The Tempest). Television: 2014 The Sound of Music, Live NBC; 2015 Peter Pan Live NBC. 2012 Olivier Award nomination, 2003 and 2004 Henry Hewes Award for Outstanding Costume Design, 2004 Lucille Lortel Award, 2004 Ovation Award, 1997 and 2005 Obie Award for Sustained Achievement. In 2016, Catherine was inducted into The Theatre Hall of Fame and received the Irene Sharaff Lifetime Achievement Award. Other: 1999 Fête des Vignerons, Vevey, Switzerland. Catherine is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama.

Introduction by
Jeremy Angel
Richard Green
Jonathan Lipman

Interview by
Jonathan Lipman

Excerpt of Interview with
Andrew Hunt

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